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Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.
An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.
Columns by Leonie Barrie
just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.
Articles by Leonie Barrie
“You cannot solve the sustainability agenda overnight,” explains Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group. Indeed, as he tells just-style, the company has faced a moving target since it launched its first sustainability programmes some 15 to 20 years ago – and that target is today moving faster than ever.
The past year has seen value retailer C&A confront head-on the challenge of delivering consistent fit across key categories such as lingerie, trousers and denim. A complete overhaul of its approach is now seen as the precursor to building market share, sales, brand loyalty and a multi-channel push.
Clothing companies who use cotton in their products are being urged to do more to understand and tackle water-related supply chain risk – and to look for new collaborative ways to manage and share water.
Chinese online fashion retailer Xiu.com has expanded its logistic networks into Europe in a bid to help brands sell their products in the fast-growing Chinese market.
US-based women’s wear brand Eileen Fisher has set its sights on “100% sustainability” by 2020, pledging to scrutinise “everything we do” across the supply chain.
US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new package of support for the US manufacturing sector, which includes funding for a new $150m institute to research and develop new fibres and fabrics.
The United Nations (UN) has unanimously rejected a proposal to ban a key building block in the production of spandex fibres – in a decision that eliminates the immediate risk of worldwide bans or restrictions on the substance.
An event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond is to take place for the second time in May, following the success of the inaugural show in November.
A new “nature-friendlier” PFC-free water repellent finish suitable for the full spectrum of fibres used in outdoor clothing, is to make its debut next week.
US women's wear retailer Ann Inc sees the supply chain as a key lever for enhancing its profitability, and has identified $50m in ongoing annualised gross margin benefits over the next two years.
- SOURCING: Production problems weigh on Pakistan
- What next for smart fabrics and garments?
- Smart sportswear faces mass production challenges
- Frank Henke discusses Adidas sustainability agenda
- Innovation and supply chain remain key for Nike
- “Unsafe” Bangladesh factory refuses to evacuate
- Cambodia labour abuse claims disputed
- Major Ethiopia textile build experiences delays
- Garment factory tool to improve communication
- RFID adoption among retailers near “tipping point”
- Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 2015
- Apparel Retail: Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide
- Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead
- Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields
- Global market review of swimwear - forecasts to 2019